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15
Apr

Party of one

Honour yourself There is something inherently kind about taking oneself on a dinner date. It was a gracious patron of the bistro where I worked in…

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31
Jan

Of a Certain Age

Of a Certain Age Maturity is a moving target. I don’t remember when or where I heard these words, but clearly they were intended for me.…

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24
Dec

Yours for the Taking

Everything but the kitchen sink. Gentrification is changing the urban landscape in my city, but the process of ousting old in favour of new creates fertile ground…

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03
Dec

Pocket News December 2016

Did you feel that? I think the earth moved. There’s a whole lot of change going on in the universe and, ironically, there’s nothing new about…

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25
Nov

Use Your Words

Tell me what you need. The wee lad was having a spectacular meltdown and clearly testing the limits of a passenger’s fraying patience. Can’t she do…

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18
Nov

Can’t Buy Me Love

It’s not for sale. I’m having a good giggle. My dear husband came home late last evening with a bouquet of wilted gas-station carnations. “I’m so…

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03
Feb

Don’t try drowning your sorrows

They know how to swim Toss back a glass or a bottle (whatever it takes) and watch troubles sink deep down into the brink. Out of…

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11
Nov

Give Peace a Chance

We owe it to each other. It’s November and bright red poppies are popping up on lapels, in honor of those who sacrificed their lives for…

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11
Nov

Keep the Porch Light On

“I can’t tell you where I am going or when I’ll come home. Mom, please understand I have to do this.” It was two days after…

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28
Oct

Get a Second Opinion

Anyone’s but your own. My friend Maude finally agreed to see her doctor after months of ignoring the symptoms. She asked me to come along for…

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